Labour should tell the truth on Brexit

Published on: Fri, 29/11/2019 - 09:37

Martin Thomas

If you want to convince people, you have to argue what you believe to be true, and be seen to be convinced yourself.

If your message is: "Tell us what you want to hear, and we'll play it back to you", you will be seen to be shifty and unreliable. And rightly so.

Labour-aligned people who have back Leave should be treated with respect, and given honest arguments. They know that Labour has been pushed, bit by bit - by steady rank-and-file pressure on the reluctant leadership - into a de facto Remain position. Labour opposes the actual deals negotiated with the EU and supports a referendum which

AEIP conference 14 December

Published on: Wed, 27/11/2019 - 19:16

Katy Dollar

Another Europe is Possible (AEIP) is holding its conference on 14 December. It has advertised “interactive and informative sessions and workshops, a thorough discussion of our strategy, and elections for [the] National Committee”.

Some committee members argued that with the election on Thursday 12 December and conference on Saturday 14 December, we may not even know the make-up of the government on the day of the conference. It is difficult to submit thought-out strategy documents, because we do not know what the election result will be.

The eventual compromise decision is that there will be a

The socialist left in the Labour campaign

Published on: Thu, 21/11/2019 - 00:34


The Tory campaign for this general election has more money, but the Labour campaign has more people.

Tens of thousands of Labour volunteers are taking to the streets and the phone-banks.

As socialist internationalists, we are with those volunteers. The labour movement is our movement, and we want it to win in this election against the Tories and Lib Dems.

We also have more to do than adding our numbers to the general labour movement mobilisation. We have political tasks.

The road to socialism, in our view, fundamentally goes through working-class organisation and struggle in the workplaces and

Tell McCluskey: solidarity, not borders!

Published on: Wed, 20/11/2019 - 19:33

Mark Boothroyd

Len McCluskey’s intervention in the debate over freedom of movement is aiding the Tories, and promoting myths about immigration that the trade union movement should be dismantling.

On 13 November McCluskey [general secretary of the Unite trade union] criticised the policy voted for at Labour Party conference, of defending and extending freedom of movement for all migrants. McCluskey said “It’s wrong in my view to have any greater free movement of labour unless you get stricter labour market regulation.”

What does stricter labour market regulation mean? If McCluskey means more rights for trade

Labour for a Socialist Europe publishes election leaflet

Published on: Tue, 05/11/2019 - 08:44

Labour for a Socialist Europe has published a big-circulation leaflet for the general election campaign. It will also be producing briefing papers, stickers, posters, and other materials (maybe beanies and scarves?)

You can get large quantities of the leaflet by sending the pdf to a printer to order them, for example to Solopress, who will do next-day delivery. Click here for the pdf

If you want a smaller quantity, order from L4SE, or c/o Simon Hannah at Lambeth Unison office, 020 7926 2858.

To find out how AWL can help you get L4SE materials, email awl

Corbyn: oppose Brexit!

Published on: Wed, 12/06/2019 - 13:34


Boris Johnson and most other candidates want to have Britain out by 31 October, even if that means a no-deal Brexit and a new hard border in Ireland. Dominic Raab says he might “prorogue” Parliament — send the MPs home — to prevent MPs stopping no-deal. Michael Gove says he might consider a “short” delay, but that would be to finalise a supposed “alternative to the Irish backstop” which May’s efforts over many months have shown to be illusory.

The basic Tory-Brexiter aim is to “complete” the “Thatcher revolution”, to cut the UK free of EU pressures for social “levelling-up”, and to reorient

Corbyn is reactionary on Europe

Published on: Wed, 12/06/2019 - 10:16

Sean Matgamna

Labour’s victory in the Peterborough by-election on 6 June was of course good news. It was also bad news. It seemed to vindicate the Labour leadership’s political cloak-work and shilly-shallying on the EU.

In the 2016 referendum Labour fought Brexit. Now, behind the attempt to avoid alienating either the Remainers or the Brexiters, by fudging and mudging, the Labour leadership are committed Brexiters. They want Brexit, a soft Brexit, yes, but Brexit is Labour’s policy, no less than that of the May government — Brexit, and refusal to commit to a “people’s vote” that would include a Remain

March on 20 July?

Published on: Tue, 28/05/2019 - 19:55


Unofficial word is that the next big broadly-anti-Brexit demonstration will be called for 20 July 2019, soon after the Tory leader election result is announced.

Confusingly - since the choices will then almost surely be sharper, with a harder-Brexit Tory leader under pressure from Farage - there is talk of billing the demonstration as something more diffuse, like "People's March for Change".

The previous big demonstrations, on 20 October 2018 and 23 March 2019, were billed as "People's Vote".

One factor, it is said, is tensions between the bigger "People's Vote" outfit, in which Alastair

The ship that turned away

Published on: Mon, 11/03/2019 - 17:39

Alan Simpson

Sometimes the starkest warnings come from events that don't take place. In this case, the warning came from Honda's decision to turn back a ship destined for the UK. It was the arrival that never happened. But its significance runs far beyond Honda's current vehicle production in Swindon, Nissan's plans for manufacturing in Sunderland, Toyota's plant in Derbyshire or BMW's production of the new Mini at Cowley, Oxford.

Honda's ship was loaded with equipment needed for the next generation of electric vehicles. What turned away amounts to a bleak warning about post-Brexit Britain. It made a

"Labour for a Socialist Europe": the 9 March conference and after

Published on: Tue, 05/03/2019 - 10:14

The crisis of parliamentary politics over Brexit is one of the biggest such crises ever.

There is ferment in the electorate at large and especially in the Labour Party on the issue. The outcome remains very open. At least some delay of Brexit beyond 29 March is likely.

Those facts set the frame for what the 9 March conference of "Labour for a Socialist Europe" can hope to achieve.

It can pull together and organise a campaign inside the Labour Party against Brexit for the coming weeks and months. So far "Labour for a Socialist Europe" has operated through a ramshackle committee of volunteers:

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